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The History of Laughter Yoga and its journey across the world

Last Updated on 03 October, 2023

Laughter yoga is a combination of breathing and laughing exercises that come with ample health benefits. The concept of laughter yoga was started in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria.

In this podcast, we are having a conversation with the laughter guru himself. Here, Dr. Kataria talks about how laughter yoga started and how far it has reached.

About the Speaker

If laughter cannot solve your problems, it will definitely DISSOLVE your problems; so that you can think clearly what to do about them. – Dr. Madan Kataria

Dr. Madan Kataria is a medical doctor from Mumbai, India, popularly known as the ‘Guru of Giggling’ (London Times). He is the founder of Laughter Yoga Clubs movement started in 1995.

While researching the benefits of laughter, he was amazed by the number of studies showing profound physiological and psychological benefits of laughter. He decided to find a way to deliver these benefits to his patients and other people. The result is Laughter Yoga, a unique exercise routine that combines group laughter exercises with yoga breathing, allowing anyone to laugh without using jokes, humor or comedies. Started with just with just five people in a public park in Mumbai in 1995, it has grown into a worldwide movement of more than 6000 Laughter Yoga clubs in over 60 countries.

Dr. Kataria is a keynote, motivational and inspirational speaker for companies, corporations and organizations all over the world. He is also a corporate consultant for holistic health, stress management, team building, leadership, peak performance and communication skills.

Connect with him on Linkedin

Suggested article: Incorporating World Laughter Day in the Workplace

Show Notes

(00:50) Tell us about your wellness journey.
(06:40) What is the inspiration behind laughter yoga?
(07:06) What are the benefits of laughter yoga? As I know, the movement is based on facial feedback hypothesis. Can you throw some light on that?
(11:05) How far has the concept of laughter yoga reached in terms of recognition?
(12:23) Show us some techniques of laughter yoga.
(16:02) Can laughter yoga be introduced in workplaces?
(18:15) Would you like to share some other suggestions with our listeners?

Related podcast: The Magic of Laughter Yoga

This podcast is hosted by Dipshi Bhattacharjee. Besides working as a podcast host and a content marketer at Vantage Circle, she is an animal lover with a huge fascination for Cinema, Television & Foreign languages. For any related queries, contact editor@vantagecircle.com

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